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German company IBC Solar sells 2.3MW PV plant to Japanese investor

Nov 28, 2014

German company IBC Solar announced yesterday that it has sold a recently connected 2.3MW PV plant in Japan to an unnamed Japanese investor.

France launches 400MW tender for PV projects over 250kW

Nov 28, 2014

The French government has launched a 400MW request for proposals for PV projects larger than 250kW.

Hanwha Q CELLS launches 100kWp kit for France’s commercial and small-industrial PV market

Nov 28, 2014

Hanwha Q CELLS has launched a 100kWp ‘all-in-one’ PV system kit in France, with one of the company’s sales managers for the region stating that Q CELLS expects next year to be a “promising” one in the French market.

LG merges solar unit into new Energy Business Center

Nov 28, 2014

Korean conglomerate, LG, has merged its Solar, Lighting and Energy Storage System (ESS) business units into a new ‘Energy Business Center’ in an effort to boost its competitiveness.

Belectric solar-plus-storage system to provide grid stability

Nov 28, 2014

Germany’s Belectric has connected energy storage at a large-scale solar power plant in Germany, which will be the first in Europe to operate on the primary operating reserve market.

Solarmax parent company to file for insolvency

Nov 27, 2014

Sputnik Engineering, the parent company of Swiss inverter manufacturer Solarmax, will file for insolvency this week PV Tech has learned.

SMA Solar gains approval for Chile net metering scheme

Nov 27, 2014

Germany’s SMA Solar claims to have become the first inverter supplier to be accredited under Chile’s new net metering programme.

Vikram Solar mulls module capacity expansion and cell production partnership in India

Nov 27, 2014

India-based PV module manufacturer, Vikram Solar, has said it is evaluating its next module capacity expansion plans as well as a new joint venture to establish solar cell production with a major existing producer.

Panasonic to build 26MW in Kern County, California

Nov 27, 2014

Panasonic Enterprise Solutions plans to add to California’s Kern County solar complex with the development of a 26MW project near Lost Hills.

Order Focus: Clenergy mounting selected for 24.8MW project in Japan

Nov 27, 2014

Clenergy will provide mounting for a 24.8MW project in Japan, which it claims to be one of the largest in the country.

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Hanwha Q CELLS launches solar PV kit for industry and commerce in France

Nov 28, 2014

The largest European PV provider, Hanwha Q CELLS, on November 28th, 2014 announced to have started selling its 100 kWp Industry & Commerce kit to French PV installers in October 2014. Through the PV kit Hanwha Q CELLS again expands its portfolio as PV solutions provider. "Having already sold the first 100 kWp kits to installers in France, Hanwha Q CELLS has proven its ability to successfully introduce this kind of PV product to the French market," said Philippe Pflieger, Hanwha Q CELLS' Head of Sales France.

Vikram Solar mulls solar PV cell manufacturing joint venture in India

Nov 28, 2014

Kolkata (India) based solar photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturer Vikram Solar is looking to expand their upstream footprint by getting into solar cell production as well, the company announced on November 27th, 2014.

Intersolar India 2014: Industry pins great hopes on the Indian solar market; Government increases solar energy targets to an additional 100 GW by 2022

Nov 28, 2014

The sixth Intersolar India, India's largest exhibition and conference for the solar industry, drew to a close on November 20th. 160 international exhibitors from the fields of photovoltaics (PV), PV production technologies, energy storage systems, and solar thermal technologies showcased the entire solar industry value-added chain. Around 9,000 visitors, eleven percent more than last year, flocked to the exhibition from all over the globe. Once again, the Intersolar AWARD for Solar Projects in India was awarded in three categories: Off-grid Solutions, Industrial and Commercial Use, and Utility-scale Projects.

Panasonic, Coronal Group announce development of 26 MW PV plant near Lost Hills, California

Nov 28, 2014

Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company (Newark, NJ, US), a division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, and Coronal Group LLC (Pasadena, California, US), on November 24th, 2014 announced development of a 26-megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) system located near Lost Hills, California. The 200-acre project will generate emission-free solar power that will be sold to Southern California Edison (SCE) under a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement and contribute to SCE's fulfillment of California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard requirements.

IHS comments on Swiss PV inverter maker Sputnik Engineering AG (Solarmax) to file for insolvency on November 28th, 2014

Nov 27, 2014

Sputnik Engineering AG, parent company of the Swiss PV inverter producer Solarmax, announced to file for insolvency on November 28th, 2014. Solarmax is latest victim of the decline of the European solar inverter Market, comments Cormac Gilligan, PV Inverters analyst at IHS Technology (London, UK).

PV research: Northwestern University transfers Blu-Ray disc data storage pattern to solar cells to increase light absorption

Nov 27, 2014

An interdisciplinary research team at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL, US) has discovered that the pattern of information written on a Blu-ray disc works very well for improving light absorption across the solar spectrum. According to new research from Northwestern University Blu-ray discs can improve the performance of solar photovoltaic (PV) cells, suggesting a second use for unwanted discs.

Mexico’s first PV façade generates solar power and reduces cooling needs

Nov 27, 2014

Onyx Solar, (Greenwood Village, Colorado) installed its solar photovoltaic (PV) glasses through retrofitting onto the façade of Femsa’s headquarter in Monterrey (state of Nuevo León, Mexico) the largest bottle manufacturer for Coca-Cola in the world. After installation of Onyx Solar’s photovoltaic glass, the building has been beneficing with over 5,500 kWh of solar power while also eliminating CO2 emission by 2.7 tons. The building integrated solar PV (BIPV) façade consists of a double layer of PV glass, being the first of its kind in Latin America.

First solar PV plant in Europe to provide operating reserve at the high-voltage level through energy storage facility by BELECTRIC

Nov 27, 2014

BELECTRIC GmbH (Kolitzheim, Germany) connected its battery storage system, the Energy Buffer Unit, at the solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant Alt Daber, Brandenburg. Thus it became the first solar PV plant in Europe capable of providing operating reserve at high-voltage level comparable to conventional plants. The innovative lead-acid storage device with a capacity of 2,000 kWh is intended for use in both renewable energy and conventional power plants. The storage device lends greater flexibility to the plant’s service provision and actively stabilizes the energy grid.

MegaCell and Misr Asset Management announce plans to build a 120 MW/year production plant for bi-facial solar PV cells and modules in Egypt

Nov 27, 2014

The Italian photovoltaic (PV) manufacturer MegaCell and Misr Asset Management, a Cairo-based Investment Bank on November 25th, 2014 announced the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding for the construction of a production plant for bi-facial high efficiency solar photovoltaic (PV) cells and modules in Egypt in 2015 with a scheduled annual capacity of 120 MW.

Clenergy provides mounting systems for a 24.8 MW PV plant in Nasushiobara, Japan

Nov 27, 2014

Clenergy (Xiamen, China) on November 26th, 2014 announced that the company is supplying mounting systems for one of the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants in Japan. The PV project covers 370,000 square meters of land, with a total installation of 24.8 MW and an estimated solar power generation of 26.1 million kWh per year according to Clenergy.